Epic Games and Train2Game announced a who's who of judges to decide the winners of the Make Something Unreal Live competition. The game development competition comes to the Gadget Show Live on April 10-15, 2012 at the NEC in Birmingham, UK. Complementing the Make Something Unreal Live advisory board and Train2Game directors, the new judges will review the program’s new Fighting Fantasy iOS games and coach start-up teams.
New judges include Ian Baverstock, founding partner, Tenshi Ventures, and advisory board member, Game Developers Conference; Cliff Bleszinski, design director, Epic Games; Jon Hare, founder, Tower Studios; Steve Jackson, co-creator, Fighting Fantasy series and professor of game design, Brunel University; Ian Livingstone OBE, co-creator, Fighting Fantasy series and life president, Eidos; Professor Carsten Maple, director of business education interaction, TIGA; Peter Molyneux OBE, founder, 22 Cans; Dr. Jo Twist, chief executive officer, The UK Interactive Entertainment Association (UKIE); and Jon Yates, director of product development, City & Guilds.
"Fighting Fantasy has in the past been used by school teachers as inspiration for creative writing exercises but this is the first time the teaching exercise has been to create a fully-featured video game," said Jackson. "Ian and I are impressed with what we’ve seen of the students’ work so far, and we are looking forward to seeing the final results."
Projects to be revealed publicly for the very first time during Make Something Unreal Live are "The Warlock of Firetop Mountain: Lost Chapters," "The Citadel of Chaos: Dire Consequences," "Deathtrap Dungeon," and "Armies of Death: Rise of Agglax."
The games will be viewable on April 10 at the Gadget Show Live trade and press day. During the consumer exhibition, more than 100,000 attendees will be able to observe teams showing creations live on the show floor (stands C55 and C140). In addition, teams will provide project updates on the Make Something Unreal Live stage twice daily, and Train2Game and Epic will host presentations as well. The theater will be staffed by experts who can answer questions and provide advice about building a successful career in game development.
On the final day, April 15, Jackson and Livingstone will select the winning team, who will walk away with a full source commercial Unreal Engine 3 license for iOS. A portion of the proceeds from the winning game’s sales will be donated to The Prince’s Trust.